Natural Ketosis Blog

Juicing Diets - Friend or Foe?

With summer just around the corner, the majority of us will be taking a hard look at our routine and thinking - “Am I doing enough? Do I need to do more gym classes or do more cardio?”. Whilst exercise is definitely an important aspect of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, a key component that often gets missed out is the quality of the food you are eating. Juicing diets can be tempting as they seem to offer a quick answer - cleanse your body on the inside and see the results on the outside. However is it ever that simple?

Can Diet Affect Your Mood?

This morning one of the main health news stories is about how following a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet can help manage certain mental health conditions. Here is some more information on the biological workings of how this happens.

The Importance of Fibre

A common health theme covered by health agencies is the importance of dietary fibre in our diet. Whilst this is a good message all around, some individuals still do not manage to meet their daily requirement of an average 18g of dietary fibre a day (as set out by UK guidelines). Yet what is fibre and what does it do?

Is Starch Another Form of Sugar?

With the media’s attention on the amount of ‘added sugar’ in our food, the amount of starch consumed daily by the average Briton is not commonly discussed. A paper published late last year showed that a major contributory factor to obesity in the UK are potatoes and bread [1]. If you are looking to cut sugar out of your diet, it is also worth taking a look at the types of vegetables and fruits you eat, as these may also be contributing to high blood sugar levels.

Are there any Low Sugar Food items?

Not a day goes by that a story covering research into new ways to prevent or manage the current obesity and diabetes epidemic. Fruits, vegetables or extracts are constantly being paraded as the new ‘superfood’ or the magic cure we have all been waiting for. One of the latest trends to help put a dent in the obesity statistics are to reduce the amount of ‘added sugar’ products in our diet. However what makes an item low sugar? And will a simple swap do the trick?

 

Are Polyols the Next Best Thing in Reducing Sugar consumption?

With the debate on the ill-health effects of sugar still on-going, many of us have had a hard look at our shopping basket to try and minimise our sugar consumption. In light of our new-found skepticism on the amount of hidden sugars in our diet, many products have tried to clean up their ingredient lists by removing sugar and substituting it for non-sugar ingredients such as polyols. However, are these sugar-substitutes as good as the food industry say they are?

Will Eating Make You Gain Weight?

When you are following a Natural Ketosis programme, you will be told that snacking is ok. You can snack on eggs, cheese, and other items that are frowned upon by conventional eating. So if you are consuming all these items, how is it that you will still be losing weight and inches?

Should Weight Loss be About Deprivation?

We are constantly being told that in order to be healthier and fitter we need to eat less and move more. Whilst in theory this seems to make sound scientific sense, the way our body works is unfortunately more complicated than this. We are constantly being bombarded by theories, opinions and methods in the media, all of which claim to be informing us of the latest information available that will help make us healthier and live longer. But is this information actually backed by science?

Carbohydrates & Cardiovascular Disease - Our response

2014 so far has been a rocky road for carbohydrates. The media has come out voicing concerns against the consumption of carbohydrates, especially sugar, in the diet. However, there is still much opposition to the issue of reducing carbohydrates in the diet, the latest being an article published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society by Ian Macdonald, a member of the European Scientific Advisory Council for Coca Cola Europe, The Nutrition Advisory Board for Mars Europe and the Mars Scientific Advisory Council for Mars, Inc.

Are the Rumours True on Fat & Heart Disease?

With the nation’s poor heart health a regular fixture in the media and endless stories about fruit and/or vegetable options will be best to decrease the risk, can you be sure that what you are reading is backed by science? Or is it simply a question of snappy headlines?

Making Sense of Nutrition Science

With the new year over and spring sneaking up around the corner, many of us will be looking at actually putting into practice our New Year resolution of either changing our diets or getting down to the gym. No doubt you have been reading all the current nutrition stories as to what foods will accelerate weight loss and why. But how can you be sure that what you are reading fully reflects the current state of nutrition science?

Sugar & Disease - Coincidence or Reality?

Over the past few weeks, sugar has been a main focus of media outlets. There have been a couple of TV programmes dedicated to debating the positives and negatives of sugar. However rather than shedding some light on the topic, these have all added to the confusion. So, how does sugar impact our overall health?

Is a Calorie a Calorie?

Over the past few weeks there has been a constant stream of news stories all focusing on the amount of sugar in our diet. Stories ranged from monkeys being banned from consuming bananas as these are too high in sugar, through to an expert committee being set up in the UK to try and cut the amount of hidden sugars in our diet. Whilst this is all positive news we here at Natural Ketosis welcome, there is unfortunately still some disagreement regarding the issue of either reducing the amount of sugar in items, or simply reduce the overall number of calories in products.

Are Ketostix useful?

The use of ketostix within the diet world was popularised by the Atkins diet and other similar high-fat diets. By limiting carbohydrates in the diet, this induces a metabolic shift in the way the body sources its energy. In other words the body will turn to its fat stores to meet its energy needs. 

Gout And How Diet Can Prevent It

Today’s headlines are all about the current Gout epidemic that is gripping the UK population. The culprits, as the media suggest, are the consumption of too much red meat, seafood and alcohol. However, such a statement simply shows the lack of biochemical underpinnings of this condition.

What’s your 2014 resolution?

As the decorations fade and the weather gets colder, we all start looking into ways of enforcing that New Year resolution of being a healthier better version of ourselves over the coming months. So, what are the options available for you this January 2014?

Smart Swap for Health - But Is It?

After the excess of the holidays comes the moment where we all have to re-evaluate our health. It’s a time to see what plans need to be put in place so as to ditch the extra weight and be fit for the rest of the year.

Social Management of an Unconventional Diet

I certainly don’t eat a conventional Western diet.  In fact, I rarely eat in any conventional way.  But I do love to experiment with my diet.  Whether it’s HFLC, intermittent fasting, Paleo or raw food I like to bring new elements of nutrition and food into my diet and because of this I am very used to dealing with the strange looks and bemused comments regarding my choices.  “What on earth have you got in your Tupperware today Chesso!?” is a common comment around the office but it’s a comment that I love to hear because it gives me the opportunity to discuss food, nutrition and health.  But what if you don’t want to talk about your meal?  What if you do mind the strange looks and dismissive remarks?  Social management of an alternative diet can be a tough area to navigate, especially during the festive season, so what strategies can you employ to better manage the situation?

Is Unlimited Protein The Answer?

Diets that advocate for a low-carb, low-fat, high-protein approach to weight loss and weight maintenance are popular and are endorsed by celebrities. However, will this actually lead to long term success?

Was Winnie the Pooh the Ultimate Caveman?

“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.”

A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh